Ken Rosenthal reports that the Philadelphia Phillies have acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor-league pitcher McKenzie Mills, a soon-to-be 23-year-old lefty in High-A ball, originally drafted by the Nationals in the 18th round in 2014.
Bour is hitting .227/.347/.412 with 19 homers on the year. The Phillies currently have Carlos Santana at first base and, as far as we know, he’s healthy, so it’s unclear why they’ve made this move. Unless of course it’s just to use him as a bench bat, which some reporters who cover the Phillies are suggesting. Makes sense I suppose.
The question I have is how he got to Phillies on waivers, which he’d have to do in order for them to make the deal. Ahead of Philly on waiver priority are the Rockies, whose offense stinks and who have Ian Desmond at first and he’s been terrible. Guess someone will have to ask them.
2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.
The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.